Minneapolis bus stop crash victim on life support
Christopher Iverson was standing in front of a bus bench Sunday chatting with Cheryl Gouge when he suddenly went flying through the air, hit so hard by a car that it literally knocked him out of his shoes.
The car continued up the sidewalk and smashed into a glass Metro Transit bus shelter. Gouge sat stock still on the bench, Iverson's empty shoes sitting in front of her.
"I looked down, and he was just lying there and there was blood around his head, and the puddle kept getting bigger," said Gouge, whose leg was hurt in the crash.
The crash occurred at 12:11 a.m. on E. Lake Street at 39th Avenue S. The driver, a 49-year-old Minneapolis woman, was arrested and booked into the Hennepin County jail. Police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said alcohol is believed to be involved, but a blood-alcohol level will not be available for a few weeks. It's unclear how fast the car was traveling, he said.
Iverson, a 48-year-old south Minneapolis resident, was in critical condition Sunday at Hennepin County Medical Center with brain damage and other injuries, said his brother-in-law, Bill Breeggman. Family members expect to decide soon whether to remove life support.